Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Follow Me

"Follow Me." Jesus spoke these words as he stood on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and called the brothers Simon (Peter) and Andrew to be his disciples (Mark 1:17). He spoke them to Matthew, sitting at the his tax collector’s booth (Matthew 9:9). Our Lord repeated his invitation often, changing the lives of many forever (Matthew 8:22; Luke 18:22).

“Follow Me.” Jesus speaks those same words to all his disciples still today, including each of us. We all lead busy lives, lives filled with family responsibilities, career obligations, and the tasks the come with being good friends, neighbors, and citizens. We also volunteer—often a lot—at church. In it all, Jesus’ words change our lives.

“Follow me,” Jesus says to us. We need to hear his invitation when our to-do list is a mile long and it seems nothing is getting accomplished. We need to hear that invitation when we experience anxiety at home, uncertainty at work, or conflict at church. We need to remember it when there are interruptions without end and when we feel all alone. We need to hear it especially when we’re bone tired and ready to give up, give out, give in.

Follow also means to imitate. Jesus carved out time for prayer (Luke 6:12) and rest (Mark 6:31). We should we note our own needs for these same things.

Challenge: Worship the Lord and rest in Him today. Even if it's just 5 minutes. A worship song and  a prayer. 

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